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  • Summary: In this DLC pack, you become Elizabeth as she seeks to bring closure to her story, and to BioShock Infinite's. Like Episode 1, this DLC features Rapture as you've never seen it before and gameplay has been modified to give the player an original BioShock combat experience that merges theIn this DLC pack, you become Elizabeth as she seeks to bring closure to her story, and to BioShock Infinite's. Like Episode 1, this DLC features Rapture as you've never seen it before and gameplay has been modified to give the player an original BioShock combat experience that merges the best parts of BioShock and BioShock Infinite. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. May 14, 2014
    99
    A gorgeous, utterly immersive and hugely satisfying conclusion to one of the greatest video game narratives of all time.
  2. Apr 8, 2014
    90
    In terms of narrative it’s as dizzying, exhilarating, and divisive as the series has always been, arguably providing some of its most memorable sequences yet, and for fans it’s something that not only has to be experienced, but savoured.
  3. Mar 25, 2014
    88
    Feels very much like a send-off for the Rapture and Columbia eras of BioShock – a carefully crafted, appropriately mind-bending sendoff.
  4. Mar 25, 2014
    80
    Burial at Sea episode 2 is a brilliant conclusion to the story that started a few months ago. This great stealth-oriented experience with Elizabeth will make you feel fear, loneliness, hope and sadness like not so many modern games can do.
  5. Apr 1, 2014
    80
    BioShock Infinite Burial at Sea Episode 2, for the most part, is a fitting end to the entire series.
  6. Mar 31, 2014
    72
    The lengths to which Burial at Sea: Episode 2 goes to distance its gameplay from BioShock Infinite's blueprint is outmatched by the indulgent spectacle of its writhing narrative - a risk not fully conscious of its consequences. Through success, failure, and to simply admire the sunset of a generation, the conclusion of Burial at Sea remains a worthwhile experience.
  7. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    May 16, 2014
    40
    What it gains on atmospherics, it lacks in gameplay and the story is uneven, saved only by a few brilliant scenes. [Issue#241]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 60
  2. Negative: 8 out of 60
  1. Mar 26, 2014
    10
    My goodness. Just when you think the game can't get any better, it does. If you enjoyed Bioshock 1, this DLC completely wraps everything up.My goodness. Just when you think the game can't get any better, it does. If you enjoyed Bioshock 1, this DLC completely wraps everything up. It explains all of the things you think you didn't quite understand with Infinite, and lots of things from Bioshock 1. They even explain the Vita-chambers.

    Seriously though, this is the kind of DLC that's justifiable. Bioshock Infinite with the added DLC is nothing short of a masterpiece. It takes the cake as my favorite of the Bioshock games.

    Pros: The story
    The atmosphere
    The cinematic gameplay (the directing and perspective work on this is amazing)
    Completely new type of game play. (Combat isn't necessary, you have to find other solutions to situations besides just hack and slash)
    The characters

    Cons:
    It's the end of Bioshock.

    Overall, the DLC provides a good 6 hours of extra game time, if you take the time to explore most of the areas to do some side questing. I think I missed some voxophone recordings, still. Also, if you plan on playing through an even harder mode, they have 1999 mode and an extra 1998 mode.

    I don't give many (if any) games this kind of score, but to me, it's definitely a 10/10.
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  2. Mar 31, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Great story, only bad part, NO CLEAVAGE VIEWING! Just kidding ha ha, great game, would definitely play again. Playing as Elizabeth was very intriguing and a decent change in gameplay. I'm sad Irrational shut down, so this was a good send off for a fantastic series. Expand
  3. Jun 2, 2014
    10
    Absolute masterpiece, one of the best DLC's ever made! If you loved the original Infinite you have to get this. For those who wereAbsolute masterpiece, one of the best DLC's ever made! If you loved the original Infinite you have to get this. For those who were disappointed with the gameplay of the original, because it was too much shoot 'em up, this one is a lot different. You have to think through rooms because you can't run in and start blasting. Ammo and money are limited, the weapons are much more gimp, some of the rooms are packed, and Liz doesn't take damage as well as Booker did.

    Also I absolutely loved the enemy characters, I would stand there for like 5 minutes just listening to them ramble off random catch phrases, I almost didn't want to kill them because they were so entertaining.

    Story is excellent and atmosphere surreal as usual. Can't wait for the next Bioshock installment. Great job.
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  4. Mar 30, 2014
    9
    BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode Two spoiler-free review:
    After an Okay first episode, Burial at Sea episode 2 redeems itself with
    BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode Two spoiler-free review:
    After an Okay first episode, Burial at Sea episode 2 redeems itself with and outstanding closure to BioShock and BioShock: Infinite.
    After steping into Elizabeth's shoes, the story kicks-off right away with brilliant writing and new sides that will make us think if it was trully justified to love or hate some characters. The mechanics/gameplay. Burial at sea episode 2 adds a stealth side to the game that's totally satisfying and well executed. The music is really touching. The sounds are top notch. The graphics are great. I found the ending not very satisfying and it left me wanting a bit more of closure, but that's the only complaint I have.
    In the end, Burial at Sea Episode 2, is an incredible closing chapter to one of the best franchises of last-gen.
    Average Score: 9.4
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  5. Jul 23, 2014
    9
    General Overview: If you have familiarity with Rapture, the setting for Bioshock (forget Bioshock 2 - NOT by Irrational and not really worthGeneral Overview: If you have familiarity with Rapture, the setting for Bioshock (forget Bioshock 2 - NOT by Irrational and not really worth playing in my opinion) and have enjoyed Infinite, you would do yourself a disservice by not getting BOTH episodes. Taken on their own, Episode 2 is more enjoyable game and is a fulfilling end to the tale of Rapture and Columbia. Episode 2 uses a different game play style that fits for your "new" protagonist. This is a great send off for one of my favorite companies and game series (forget Bioshock 2 - not Irrational's game and it shows...). Thankfully Ken Levine will continue with a smaller studio producing his strong narrative games, it just won't be the big group that formed Irrational.

    TL;DNR: 9: Great way to close out Irrational games work on Bioshock.s. If you enjoyed Bioshock and Infinite (forget Bioshock 2 please) then you owe it to yourself to bring the series and the story full circle and get these DLC. Great graphics, smooth game play, intense combat and a great ending to a complex and intellectually provocative story.

    Technology/engine: 7: Uses Unreal 3 and is well optimized but nothing really innovative on this end.

    AI: 7: A little brain dead in places and incapable of missing at other times but on a whole its a challenge and keeps you on your toes.

    Graphics: 9: Great sets, good character models with plenty of variation, good particle effects and gun play is as sound as ever.

    Sound: 8: Slight distance to source issues (voices sometimes sound like they are on top of you but are really across the room) but otherwise great ambient sound that provide immersion. The audio logs are just great and remain a highlight of the series.

    Soundtrack: 10: Superb period appropriate music that does not overwhelm and only enhances the experience and immersion.

    Voice acting: 10: Really top notch voice acting. Some of the best in gaming.

    Crafting: N/A

    Customization: Not really able to rate on this as its very minimal.

    Game play systems: 9: Simplified from Episode 1 and a vast improvement however the continued use of sky hooks is questionable. In fact they are used so little it appears that they were included just to keep a thread of connection between the two worlds - Columbia and Rapture.

    Controls: 9: The controls in Episode 2 are streamlined and improved when compared to Episode 1.

    Story: 10: Fantastic writing with great dialogue - everything from the short short films to cut scenes and off the cuff comments. Ken Levine is a masterful story teller.

    Multiplayer: N/A
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  6. Sep 16, 2014
    7
    A big change for Bioshock. Episode 2 highlights stealth and it gives itself quit the Dishonored type feel. You'll get a choice to be lethal orA big change for Bioshock. Episode 2 highlights stealth and it gives itself quit the Dishonored type feel. You'll get a choice to be lethal or non-lethal but that choice really won't have any affect on the outcome of the game. Like Dishonored, Episode 2 ends up being far too easy, even on the highest difficulty setting which is 1998 mode. The best part of the game is how it links Infinite and Bioshock 1 together. Some of your favorites from the original game will make a return including Atlas and Andrew Ryan as well as one of the (in)famous audio recordings. Although some of the story seemed like a stretch, i feel like they did a decent job and it was definitely worth the time i put into it. Expand
  7. Sep 9, 2014
    0
    I er vrot, garbage Pawson not play Ilyukha perdak poraval, I will not play this garbage! I er vrot, garbage Pawson not play Ilyukha perdakI er vrot, garbage Pawson not play Ilyukha perdak poraval, I will not play this garbage! I er vrot, garbage Pawson not play Ilyukha perdak poraval, I will not play this garbage! I er vrot, garbage Pawson not play Ilyukha perdak poraval, I will not play this garbage! Expand

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